Any doctor below the level of ST3 is a junior doctor. This includes the following (training and non-training) doctors:
- FY 1
- FY 2
- CT/ST 1
- CT/ST 2
Duties of a Junior Doctor
These are the jobs that junior doctors have to look after:
- Making notes on the patients’ files in the ward round.
- Following orders from the ward rounds which may include some of the following:
- Clerking (documenting history, examination, and plans on the patient’s file).
- Making drug charts.
- Requesting blood tests.
- Requesting imaging scans.
- Chasing reports.
- Making referrals to other departments.
- Making discharge summaries.
- Answering patients’ phone calls.
- Small procedures like blood sampling, IV cannulation or urinary catheter insertion when the nurses are busy or when a patient has difficult access.
- Documenting everything in the files or on the online computer system.
Individual duties and days may vary depending upon each department and Trust. But this post can give a good idea of a life of a junior doctor in the NHS.